O’Keeffe, born in 1887, can be seen as a guardian of Art Nouveau – curved lines, inspiration from nature and so forth. She began her early career in Chicago, one of the cities commonly associated with Art Nouveau. Other cities are of course Paris, New York, Berlin, Barcelona, but there is also a rich heritage of Art Nouveau or Jugendstil in Soller and Palma de Mallorca, in the Méditerranean Balearic islands.
Au fin du siècle, many who had struck it rich in South America were coming back home to Mallorca. They built grand and luxurious houses in the style of the day, primarily in Palma and Soller as they settled back down.
Since the whole point of this blog is to take a look at an alternative compilation of art history, I am going to try to find out more about this parallel Catalan movement called Modernisme. Obviously it was primarily engined from Barcelona and soon settling comfortably, in its own style and with passion in Mallorca around 1900.
Palma Streetlamps; photograph, Christina Rahm/MallorcaImages
I have found some fantastic artists here with a beautiful sense for the lyrical, the spiritual and poetic in nature. Some came over from Barcelona for the special light in Mallorca, while others needed to get away from a life of destructive opium habits in Paris and go to rehab in the island. There were no ‘tourist industry’ yet, but artists from the mainland, Paris and from Argentina were setting up art colonies in Pollensa and in Deia.
Some of these artists and architects are going to be introduced for the next few weeks, to add to the gallery of Spiritual Artists from around the world living and breathing in the beginning of the 20th century, striving to reach their highest expression of soul in their art.
Tip for your Mallorca trip
Have you ever been on a trip and been frustrated with looking for a wifi connection? Perhaps you sat down in a restaurant that claims free wifi only to find it works only very close to the kitchen deep inside the place. Or maybe you wanted to rent a great apartment or house to a great price but it doesn’t come with that wifi that you need, so you had to find another more expensive rental, or one not as nice?
There is a solution to this in Mallorca. On a few trips now, I have rented a small mobile gadget – mobile wifi – that works everywhere I went. Soller, Alcudia bay, Can Picafort, Cala Ratjada, Cala d’Or, inland and Palma of course. I have even used it as GPS for driving, that saved me from getting lost a couple of times…
You pick it up at the airport and leave it there on departure. I highly recommend it.
Here’s the link.